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It Takes a Village

We have all heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." However, we need the village not just at the beginning of life, but in our years as well. The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 14% of all Americans over the age of 71 have or will have some form of dementia. And families cannot and should not face the accompanying challenges alone.

Dementia is a gradual process that might not even be apparent in its earliest stage. Symptoms of mild dementia might include:

  • losing interest in hobbies or activities, being unwilling to try new things, or being generally apathetic

  • demonstrating poor judgment or poor decisions

  • being slower to grasp complexities

  • blaming others for "stealing lost items" or misplacing important objects

  • showing less concern for others and being more self-centered

  • becoming forgetful of details of recent events, of people's names, of places

  • repeating or losing the thread of a conversation

  • having difficulty handling money

  • becoming more irritable or angry

An individual entering the moderate stage of dementia may have the following symptoms:

  • being able to remember the distant past more than recent events

  • becoming confused about time and place

  • forgetting the names of family members, good friends, or confusing them

  • wandering or behaving inappropriately (wearing pajamas outdoors, for instance)

  • forgetting about a lit burner on the stove

  • hearing or seeing things that aren't there

  • neglecting hygiene or eating

  • becoming upset, angry, and frustrated

Among Friends provides respite for loved ones with dementia as well as for their caregivers. We provide a safe environment where those in the early and moderate stages of dementia can have fun while engaging in meaningful activities that help to slow cognitive decline while giving caregivers a little time to themselves to reenergize or relax.

Whether we are learning how to make a drum that we will later play or designing and making a quilt or creating an apple crumble or participating in chair yoga, our participants are engaged in the moment and with others. For a few hours every Tuesday, the village is caring for its own.

Call us or email us if your loved one would like to join us or if you would like to become a volunteer.

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Oct 06, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

I volunteer at this program and it’s really a good place to engage in safe activities that help make life with dementia a little bit easier.

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